First-ever EU figures on passive smoking deaths provoke call for action
A breakthrough report on passive smoking was launched on Tuesday March 21, 2006, in the European Parliament by Liz Lynne, MEP (UK, Liberal Democrat and asthma sufferer) and Adamos Adamou (Cyprus, European United Left–Nordic Green Left). Click here for press release.
The report, entitled “Lifting the smokescreen: 10 reasons for a smoke free Europe”, is available in full PDF format here to download.
This report is also available in German and Spanish.
The report shows that more than 79,000 adults die each year as a result of passive smoking in the 25 countries of the European Union.
The report also provides the evidence that measures to prevent passive smoking are feasible and popular.
It calls for legislation to prevent smoking in all enclosed public areas and workplaces, including bars and restaurants. In Ireland, where the policy was introduced in March 2004, 96% believe that the law is successful, and even 80% of smokers think it was a good idea.
Contents of the report
A summary of the report is given in a 6-page background document.
The Executive Summary of the report is now available in Bulgarian, Czech, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Estonian, French, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian.
All of the individual chapters, table and figures cited in the background document are available here for separate download:
Contents Foreword Executive summary
Chapter 1 Table 5 Table 6 Table 7
Table 8 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4
Figure 8 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7
10 reasons for going smoke free
Second-hand smoke exposure kills and harms health
Every worker has the right to be protected from exposure to tobacco smoke
Scientific evidence shows that ventilation does not protect against exposure to tobacco smoke
Smoke free laws do not result in negative economic effects
Freedom of choice includes the responsibility not to harm others
The public supports smoke free legislation
The public complies with smoke free legislation
It has been done elsewhere. It can be done everywhere
It is a cost effective public health intervention
Comprehensive smoke free policies work
The 10 reasons to go smoke free are also available in: Bulgarian, Czech, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Estonian, French, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian.